Arturo Haces-Garcia, Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Investigation on the correlations between wave energy behaviors and sea water Surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico

Abstract: Wave energy is harnessed from the movement of the waves by using Wave Energy Collectors (WECs). Due to the lack of understanding of wave energy behavior and its underlying principles, there is no commercialize WEC in the world yet. To further understand the underlying principles of wave energy behavior, sea water surface temperature was chosen as studying factor to analyze its correlation with wave energy behavior. The study was performed with a focused region as the Gulf of Mexico and analyzed data for the years 2005 to 2009. The sea water surface temperature data was analyzed to identify potential correlation with wave energy performance to find regions and patterns in the Gulf of Mexico that follow a consistent or semi-consistent behavior. The results show that there is a relationship between wave energy and sea water surface temperature.

Presentation Author(s):
Arturo Haces-Garcia*

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